|6’||174 lbs||May 10, 2005||C||L||10th 2021||50 N A||USA|
|2019-2020||GTHL U15||Toronto Titans U15||33||14||14||28|
|2020-2021||HEO U18||DID NOT PLAY||0||0||0||0|
At this point I am unsure whether NHL Central Scouting’s ranking of Erie Otters pivot Carey Terrance is fair at 50th among North American Skaters. I guess I have to wait until their final rankings come out to judge it.
With one weekend remaining in the season, Terrence leads the Otters in goals and points as a 17 year-old. His 30 goals lead Sam Alfano who is second on the squad by 12 and he has double the goals of anyone else. And with the lack of goal scoring on the Otters (third fewest in the OHL as a team), it might explain the almost 2-to-1 ratio of goals to assists.
His best asset may just be his skating as I think he is one of the top 5 skaters in the draft class. He has great take off speed and can create separation with his first couple of steps. But he’s not about going top speed or all out all the time. He reads the play beautifully and will slow it down to create lanes and opportunities for teammates. However, as I mentioned earlier, the finish isn’t always there with his teammates.
Terrance’s other big asset is his shot. He has a quick release and he is deceptive with his release point. He can pick his spots on goaltenders but he can also shoot it with a purpose. What he has in spades is confidence in his ability to shoot the puck so he uses it to his advantage. With 211 shots on goal he only trails defenceman Spencer Sova (221).
Terrance is also very good defensively and don’t let a minus-39 by a 17-year-old on a team that is minus-80 fool you. He understand his positioning, uses his skating to get there and close gaps on the opposition and he plays against the top players including on the penalty kill.
Terrance is still very raw and there will be plenty of growth to his game. As he matures and Erie as a team matures, I expect a big step forward for him. Unfortunately for him it’s not happening in his draft year. And moving forward, maybe as early as next season, someone may want to try him on wing because his game is suited for that.